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Old 12-28-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Need advice on how to repair large crack between tub and tile floor.

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Old 12-28-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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The gap is about 3/4 inch wide. It gradually opened up after we bought the house. We bought the house new. The tile appears to be on top of backerboard which is on top of a plywood subfloor. The crack goes all the way down to the plywood. I will attempt to post a picture.

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Old 12-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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Can't seem to post picture. Sorry. Will very much appreciate any advice.
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Can somone post something helpful here? I don't get the joke, and really need some advice on this. Thanks in advance.
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I'm new to home ownership so I don't know much about how to fix anything, but if you bought the home new, isn't there some sort of home warranty on it? Could you get it fixed that way?
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If you can upload some pictures to a photobucket account and post the link to them it would help us see what you are up against. Without them it is anyone's guess as to what is happening. 3/4" is an awfully large gap. It would indicate to me that something is definitely moving. Could be an improperly installed tub, or a cheap builders grade tub that is warping from heat and weight.

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If you can provide good info--you will get good sound answers----

What you are describing is very unusual--so a simple answer is not possible---pictures will help----

The tile--is it ceramic? Vinyl?

If ceramic--I guess it's the tub moving--what is the tub made of? Does the shirt move if you press against it?
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Ok. Thanks for the replies. Here is a link to a picture: http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...pscbe81c47.jpg

The tub is one of those all in one tub shower units. I think it's made of acrylic. I don't think that it was properly secured to the studs when it was installed. I think it has a flange around the edge that was supposed to be secured to a stud, but i bet that wasn't done. The tub unit has "walked" away from the tile floor (ceramic tile).

I am in Clarksville, TN. Builder is long gone.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Could you scoot it back in place with a couple of suction cups?

That would be the start----then you will need a way to get some grout or other concrete under the tub in order to pin the skirt against the tile---

Is there a wall that could be opened to allow you access to the underside of the tub?
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Thanks so much for quick reply.

Getting access to underside of tub would require major ceiling tear out of room below. (Bathroom is on second floor). Pulling the whole works back in place is interesting idea , though. I will think about that. Of course I know I would have to have some way to secure it, or it will just walk back.

I think the shower/tub I have is something like this: http://www.lowes.com/pd_141784-15728...7C1&facetInfo=

I thought the flanges were just on the sides of the unit (running down the front edges and across the top of the back). Does that sound right? If that's the case, I guess I would just need access to the sides and back to secure the unit. It's pulled away from the dry wall at the sides anyway, so maybe I could cut away some sheet rock, secure the flanges to studs (hopefully there are studs behind the flanges) and patch in new Sheetrock at the sides.

Does this sound reasonable, or am I missing something here?

(I'm also a little worried about damage to the plumbing if I pull the unit back in place. )
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you say at one point it was up tight to tile....if so as mentioned you could pull tub back into place.....then from an access panel by the faucets try to get some mortor under unit as far as you can to hold it in place...ben sr
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Ben's idea sounds like a good place to start. Could you stand back and give us a couple of more pictures of the entire area? It might help us formulate some other ideas.
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You might look for more of those tiles. This would give you the option of sacrificing that first row if helpful or necessary.
Since this is a new build the odds are good you can find them, but do find them first, before taking out any of the existing ones.

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